During the first 2 years, aspects of all the major clinical disciplines are introduced.  Most of the teaching occurs in the College, with 1 day a week available for Patient and Doctor sessions in the hospital.

There are nine blocks (courses) covered:

In addition to these blocks, a 4-week elective is given during the summer after the second year, and a Medical Research block runs longitudinally throughout these 2 academic years.

Self-directed learning represents the core of the program and is supported by scheduled sessions:

  • 3 problem-based learning sessions (each 1.5 hours)
  • Up to 5 lectures per week related to the weekly problem – issues relevant to all themes but with an emphasis on basic sciences
  • 2 Basic and Clinical Science sessions (each 1.5 hours)
  • 2 Patient and Doctor sessions in the hospital (each 1.5 hours)
  • Either: a Community and Doctor session, a Personal and Professional Development session, or a joint session (1.5 hours)

Problem Based Learning  tutorials and the Patient and Doctor sessions at the hospital are central features of the educational process in the first 2 years.  Basic and Clinical Sciences sessions usually offer opportunities to gain hands-on practical experience and to learn from images, models, slides and museum or dissected specimens.

There is a major focus on the critical appraisal of the evidence that underpins medical decision-making.   Students learn the skills of finding and evaluating relevant literature, and applying these skills in the diagnosis and management of individual patients.